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What is “Malware” & How to Stop it

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The term “Malware” is an amalgamation of ‘Malicious’ and ‘Software’. It usually refers to software that infects your computer similarly to a virus, but often disguises itself as seemingly innocent add-ons like browser toolbars, fake antivirus programs that demand money, and other unpleasant interruptions.

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What’s the point of malware?

The people who make malware do it for many reasons, but the most common ones are to collect your personal data or direct you to websites they own to make money through advertising.

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What are the symptoms of a computer with malware?

  • MalwareSluggish performance
  • Being redirected to websites you didn’t want to go to
  • Unwanted messages
  • Advertisement pop-ups
  • Requests / demands for money
  • Odd warnings / alarms
  • Unwanted toolbars in your internet browser
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What can you do?

First, Make sure you have a good anti-malware software, they can prevent most of the basic malware. Next, install a malware detection and removal tool and use it to scan and clean your computer.

Top free anti-malware tools:

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Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 2.0 – Considered to be the BEST anti-malware tool available today. It was invented by a young man who hated how complicated older tools were, so he created his own and it has since become the easiest, most used and most effective tool on the market, providing 99.9% malware protection.

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Bitdefender Antivirus Free Edition – Bitdefender’s free antivirus comes in a close second after Malwarebyte’s tool, but while it offers 98.9% protection, it also serves as an antivirus software. Install it on a computer without a preinstalled antivirus software and enjoy its dual protection.

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Microsoft Security Essentials – Microsoft offers this malware and virus protection for free, and it has a good reputation as a tool that will remove most malware from your computer. If you’re using Windows 8 (or higher), you don’t need to download it as it’s already pre-installed on your computer.

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